Let’s do it for the kids.
McSweeney’s Issue No. 34 Release Party at Stories Books & Cafe
What: Ice cream and live tunes from The Petrojvic Blasting Company celebrate the latest issue of the quarterly featuring short stories (T.C. Boyle, Daniel Handler), self-portraits (Michel Gondry, Sarah Silverman), and Nick McDonell’s astounding new nonfiction account of his time in Iraq, The End of Major Combat Operations.
Why: Buy the magazine, and the cost ($20) goes straight to 826LA.
When: Mon., 7:30-10 p.m.
Where: 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., b/t Logan & Lemoyne Sts., Echo Park (213-413-3733). R.S.V.P. at eventbrite.com.
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck Opens
What: Try the new modern resto perched way at the top of the Ritz, complete with panoramic views of the city and a lounge with large wooden seats surrounded by nine-foot undulating screens.
Why: Shanghai noodles with oxtail; pork belly with a chive pancake and apple-ginger marmalade; sushi and sashimi from the lounge.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5-11 p.m.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., at Cottage Pl., 24th flr., Downtown (213-743-8824).
Iko Iko Pop-Up Shop
What: The curiosity shop begins a residency (and celebrates its first birthday) with handmade knitting needles and papier-mache animals, planters, ceramics, vintage books, clothing, and more.
Why: The three-week stint focuses on Japanese culture leading up to Kodomo no Hi, Japan’s national children’s day on May 5. Score a carp-shaped koinobori flag to commemorate.
When: Thru May 9. Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., at Robertson Blvd., Culver City (323-559-6300).
Eugenia Kim Sale
What: DC readers get exclusive early access to the millinery master’s vintage-inspired cloches, caps, and fedoras at up to 45 percent off.
Why: Giddyap and grab that Poppy equestrian number and a floppy sun hat.
When: You’re sweating through another summer music fest.
Where: Online at swirl.com.
Never Very Far Apart
What: This group exhibition brings together six poetic and political projects that use mixed media to explore distance, time, and place.
Why: Local Terry Chatkupt’s video trilogy focuses on nature outside the cities he has lived in; RJ Messineo’s paintings on mirrors, window frames, and wooden lattices push the limits of the typical canvas.
When: Thru June 27. Opening reception and artist talk, Wed., 6-9 p.m.
Where: REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., at Hope St., Downtown (213-237-2800). Admission is free.
Illustration: Courtesy of McSweeney’s